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19 Things Scottish People Miss When They Move To London

Just because Irn-Bru is widely available now doesn't make it the same, OK?

1. Chip sauce.

2. All that wonderful space.

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Not another human being in sight. *triple air punch*

3. The weather.

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Your new local garage sells out of bread and milk as soon as there's any mention of bad weather, but at home, we'd just call it a shower.

4. Hogmanay.

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Because there ain't no New Year party until you've brought in the bells with Jackie Bird.

5. National holidays.

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Whilst we're on the topic of Hogmanay, what's with England just having the one day off after New Year?

6. A good, no-nonsense attitude.

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Andy Murray's not miserable, he's just Scottish.

7. People actually understanding where you come from.

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Being able to give a place name, as opposed to "the sticky outie bit on the bottom-left-hand side of the map" and have someone know where it is = the best.

8. Obscure childhood references.

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"You Cannae Shove Your Granny off a Bus" from The Singing Kettle must be a contender for the greatest children's song of all time.

9. Sporting hope.

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Yes, we know we haven't beaten England at rugby for ages, but that doesn't mean we're going to stop believing that we can.

10. The language.

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And absolutely losing it when someone uses the word "jobby", because they don't know what it *really* means.

11. People calling you "hen".

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It should be annoying, but secretly you love it.

12. Ceilidhs.

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Why aren't these more of a thing? All that time you spent doing Strip the Willow at school Burns Night dances has gone to waste.

13. The cost of living.

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It's OK, I'm totally cool with the fact that the rent on my one-bedroom flat could get me a three-bed house at home. *weeps while looking out the window at landlord's Range Rover*

14. People understanding your name.

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IT'S IONA, NOT LONA, HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW THE ALPHABET?!

15. The food.

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You can't find a macaroni pie, haggis panini, or a tattie scone for love nor money.

16. Bagpipes.

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You won't notice it until you hear a pipe band strike up at some sort of parade, but when they do, you'll be all, "I'm not crying, just got something in my eye."

17. The people.

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Specifically, how friendly everyone is.

18. The TV shows.

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OK, so Still Game hasn’t been on TV for years, but when you’re feeling homesick, a bit of Jack and Victor will cheer you right up. TWO PINTS, PRICK!

19. Not having to answer stupid questions.

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No, we don't have different passports. And yes, we do have both Wi-Fi and electricity.

But it's all worth it for that feeling you get when you cross the border again.

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